cause for celebration

this week there were two grand events worth celebrating. i hope you noticed your calendar and were therefore able to join in with your own commemorations. the first, as you can almost not have not noticed (er, what?), was on wednesday, february 29th. that’s right: leap day! well, i forgot to leap, i must admit…

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if only everyone were this sweet about being edited

from smitten kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs — Yesterday morning, at last, I handed in my cookbook’s edits. And I know, you’re thinking, “but I thought you already handed your book in?” and I had. Copyedits, which come back six weeks later, are like closing costs (or so I understand) when you buy a…

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peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

cupcake ingredients: 2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 5 generous tablespoons peanut butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk half a bag of dark or semisweet chocolate chips — — — icing ingredients: 1 stick butter about 2/3…

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it’s the welsh in me

st. patrick’s day is one of those holidays just about every american knows about — even the americans that aren’t irish (and there’s a lot of those). but not many people know about st. david’s day, which celebrates the patron saint of wales. wales? oh, you mean england’s sheep-herding, tin-mining cousin they like to keep…

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so you’re a hungry 20-something in kansas city …

some friends and i are planning a dinner out together, so i put together a list of restaurant recommendations. i’ve been to all but two of them, so i felt i could give fair mini reviews based on atmosphere, general price, food quality and appropriate attire. my apologies if i have misjudged the two restaurants listed that…

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cornmeal-cherry-pine nut biscotti

recipe adapted from martha stewart’s holiday cookies 2010 — — — — — 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon roasted cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon mace 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 whole large eggs + 1 extra yolk 1/4 cup extra virgin…

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eliot and the evening

one of the foibles of being a copy editor is that your deadline is king, and so your social life sometimes falls by the wayside. being at a weekly, i get to work during the day like a normal person, but on thursday, our production day, outside life is put on hold ’til the paper…

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summer’s coming, winter’s running …

song for the day: “summer’s coming” by sean watkins, from the album blinders on it’s still spring — a fact about which a friend and i were arguing the other day. but the days are getting longer, the air is heating up, the bugs are coming out, and vegetables other than cabbages are being harvested.…

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cycling, shopping and the incredible egg cream

currently reading: orthodoxy, by g.k. chesterton from g.k. chesterton | collected works, volume i heretics, orthodoxy, the blatchford controversies sample:  “… it became evident that if a man would make his world large, he must be always making himself small. even the haughty visions, the tall cities, and the toppling pinnacles are the creations of…

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ginger bears

this morning my friend gracie (who is not really named gracie, but that’s what i call her) and i went to the downtown overland park farmers market to visit the produce and also the clock tower bakery, where our friends tabby and judy work (those are, for all practical purposes, their real names). my mother…

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